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Today's News

  • Energy grants offered

    Tennessee is planning a third offering of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grants to fund energy efficiency projects for municipal governments, county governments, utility districts and other similar entities across the state.

    The state plans to make $1.9 million available for the grants.

    “Increasing Tennessee’s energy efficiency will help us be even better stewards of both taxpayer dollars and our environment,” said Gov. Bill Haslam.

  • CONTACT to mark 40 years of listening

    For 40 years, volunteers with CONTACT Care Line have provided a listening ear to East Tennesseans in crisis, and the Oak Ridge-based nonprofit is welcoming the public to an evening of Bluegrass music to celebrate its milestone anniversary.

  • Roane State, Tech expand teaching focus

    Tennessee Technological University and Roane State Community College have expanded their 2+2 programs for teacher certification to include an option for those who want to teach in PreK-3 programs.

    In Tennessee Tech’s College of Education’s 2+2 program, students complete an associate’s degree in two years at Roane State.

    A second two years of study lead to a bachelor’s degree, with students attending classes taught by Tennessee Tech professors at Roane State.

  • Poetry Out Loud seeks students

    The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation present the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest in partnership with the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University.

    Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

    During January and February, schools are welcome to participate in classroom and schoolwide contests, advancing to a state competition on March 15.

  • More than 140 run for students’ health

    More than 140 runners and walkers showed up at Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point for Roane County Schools Coordinated School Health Program’s fourth annual fundraising 5K race/walk earlier this month.

    Proceeds from the race are used to supplement health and wellness initiatives for students in Roane County Schools.

    “Efforts that create opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles are an integral part of the educational process and enhance academic success,” said Patti Wells, school health coordinator and race director.

  • Rockwood community Thanksgiving service set

    Rockwood Ministerial Association’s annual Rockwood community Thanksgiving celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24 in Rockwood First Baptist Church at 309 N. Chamberlain Ave.

    A combined community choir from several churches, under the direction of Ben McNees, will provide music.

    Rockwood First Baptist Church Pastor Jim McCluskey will be the speaker.

  • Anglican bishop to visit St. Anthony’s on Nov. 19

    For the first time in its history, St. Anthony’s Anglican Church is preparing to welcome a presiding Anglican bishop for a visit.

    The Most Rev. Walter H. Grundorf, presiding bishop of the Anglican Province of America and bishop of the Diocese of the Eastern U.S., will attend a special Holy Eucharist service at 5 p.m. CST Nov. 19 at the church at 9828 Hwy. 70 East, Crab Orchard.

    The church serves Anglican parishioners in Roane, Cumberland, Rhea, Putnam and Morgan counties.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Why hasn’t sheriff answered jail questions?

    Gentle Reader, as you will recall, in last month’s column for Friday, the 25th, we raised the issue of the supposed over-population problem in the new jail.

    In that column we posed certain questions, the answers to which we think it is critical that everyone, (especially the people who are going to have to foot the bill for any “corrective measures” that might be proposed, i.e. the Roane County taxpayers,) should have answered.

    These are the general questions we posed:

  • Ross offers strength from arthritis

    Many people know Rick Ross as Kingston’s busy parks and recreation director.

    They’ve seen him at soccer fields, at Fourth of July events or around the community pool.

    But there’s something many may not know about him.

    Ross has a condition so severe that a doctor once offered to authorize a handicapped designation to make it easier for him to get around.

    Ross suffers from psoriatic arthritis, an autoimmune condition.

  • Butler disciplinary hearing put off

    Next week’s Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility disciplinary hearing for Harriman attorney Donice Butler has been postponed.

    Rita Webb, the executive secretary for the board, said a conference call will be held on Monday to set a new hearing date.

    The board, which oversees the conduct of attorneys, has accused Butler of violating rules of professional conduct.